I loved Steve McQueen's Hunger, but was only so-so on his follow up, Shame. Twelve Years a Slave looks to be more like the former than the latter, and may very well be a major player in the upcoming awards season.
This one could go either way. The trailer is, admittedly, a bit on the generic side. However, with a cast like this one I'm still holding out hope that it could turn out to be a gem.
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have a pretty excellent track record together, and this would appear to be another of their successful collaborations. Add in yet another performance in Matthew McConaughey's acting Renaissance tour, and you've got a film that's almost guaranteed to take in a slew of awards come the end of the year.
Spike Jonze is a "weird" filmmaker. Joaquin Phoenix is a "weird" actor. Her looks like a "weird" movie, but weird in the most wonderful of ways.
I believe this requires no explanation.
Tomorrow: the next five in my list